03 August 2019 – Pallikaranai, Chennai.
As part of the 27th World Breastfeeding Week 2019 celebrations, Dr. Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Pallikaranai inaugurated “AMIZHTHAM”, a Human Milk Bank on August 3rd, 2019 in the Pallikarani Hospital premises. The goal of World Breastfeeding Week is to create awareness on the importance and the benefits of breast-milk in the growth and development of infants. Setting-up Amizhtham is definitely a step towards ensuring that new-borns have access to adequate breast-milk, which in turn strengthens the health of the babies. Breast-milk plays an undeniable role in reducing the mortality of preterm babies and Amizhtham will definitely serve as a life-saver.
Dr. T. Govindarajan, Founder & Chairman of the hospital presided over the function. Dr. Shoba, Director of the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Egmore, was the Guest of Honor. She inaugurated Amizhtham and addressed the gathering. Dr. T. G. Shivaranjini, Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr N. Rajeswari, Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Dr. N Vaitheeswaran, Chief Neonatologist also graced the event. They were joined by doctors from other departments, staff nurses, several antenatal mothers and general public.
The inauguration was part of a week-long event conducted by Departments of Paediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The event highlights included conclave by consultants on Breast feeding practices and benefits, breast feeding in preterm babies and an interactive Q&A session with the audience. There was also a stall on healthy food and Nutrient-rich complementary foods by eminent Nutritionists and distribution of educational literature on breast feeding. As part of audience engagement, quiz programme for the participants were held and prizes were distributed.
Dr. T. Govindarajan, Founder & Chairman of the hospital expressed the hope that this “Human Milk Bank” which is yet another facility in the hospital would serve the needy and be a life saver to preterm babies in days to come